Life & Style Weekend - - CLOSET - WORDS: AM­BER MACPHER­SON

The fresh weather is ap­proach­ing and while it might be time to pack away the daisy dukes, there’s plenty to be ex­cited about in a new sea­son of fash­ion. Is­sue. 1 bou­tique di­rec­tor Brooke Raven says the forth­com­ing cool tem­per­a­tures bring play­ful lay­ers and tex­tures, giv­ing fash­ion­istas the chance to live “the third piece” rule once more. “Au­tumn is my favourite sea­son as I can layer and wear mul­ti­ple pieces at once,” Brooke says. “There’s a fash­ion rule called ‘the third piece’ which es­sen­tially states that to have a com­plete, styled win­ter out­fit, you need to be wear­ing three key pieces, not in­clud­ing your shoes. “For ex­am­ple, a dis­tressed pair of jeans, paired with a tee tucked in, and a luxe leather jacket are a great start for a win­ning win­ter en­sem­ble.” Bold lo­gos will re-emerge on clothes and ac­ces­sories, but ex­pect less of a Von Dutch aes­thetic and more sub­tle shout-outs from in­de­pen­dent Aus­tralian brands. “One key trend that is mak­ing its mark on Aus­tralia is the re­turn of the de­signer logo, em­bla­zoned across T-shirts, bags and belts,” Brooke says. “This trend has held strong with our own breed of Aus­tralian de­sign­ers such as Camilla and Marc, but we’re now also start­ing to see more home­grown brands jump on this band­wagon too.” As for specifics, Brooke says we can look for­ward to flat­ter­ing skirts, big comfy jumpers, leather jack­ets and shirred ma­te­rial. “Midi skirts will be the go-to piece for au­tumn or win­ter; they suit all shapes, pro­vide cov­er­age for win­ter white legs – like mine – and look great paired with sneak­ers, heels or boots,” she says. “Over­sized sweaters and knits are a great op­tion to in­ject a sports-luxe feel to your ev­ery­day win­ter wardrobe. “The sar­to­rial ’90s trend will con­tinue to dom­i­nate, with shirred tops and dresses, slip-style dresses, biker boots and leather jack­ets set to ap­pear through­out the sea­son.” And if you’re won­der­ing if Aus­tralia is still six months be­hind the trends be­cause of our con­trast­ing sea­sons with the north­ern hemi­sphere, you’ll be pleased to know we’ve caught up. Brooke says the spring fash­ion in the US, UK and Europe reg­u­larly crosses over with our au­tumn re­leases. “We used to be six months be­hind the North­ern Hemi­sphere in terms of fash­ion, but now lead­ing Aus­tralian brands such as Spell, PE Na­tion, Anine Bing and Camilla and Marc will re­lease one col­lec­tion with a com­bi­na­tion of pieces suited to both sea­sons.”

Look 1: Kholo late night biker jacket in apri­cot, $299, kholo.com.au Look 2: SABA Alex Pleat Knit Skirt, $199, saba.com.au Look 3: Brave+true Oslo Chunky Sweater, $99, hol­i­day­de­sign.com.au

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